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What are the most common car accidents and injuries in Illinois?

Approximately every 10 seconds, someone in the United States is involved in a car accident. In Illinois in 2012 alone, there were more than 230,000 vehicle crashes with more than 72,000 injuries and more than 600 fatalities.

 

There are many interesting facts related to these statistics. According to 2012 data provided by the Illinois Department of Transportation, the greatest number of crashes happened on Friday and a large majority occurred in urban locations on urban roadways. And, though the vast majority of crashes occurred between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., the majority of crashes with fatalities occurred between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.

 

What are the most common types of car accidents and injuries in the Chicagoland area? The most frequent accident and the one most of us have experienced or we most often hear about is rear-end collision and, related to that, front-end collision. Frequent types of collisions also include left turn, lane merges, and highway interchanges.

 

There are common types of injuries associated with these types of accidents. Again, the most frequent and the type we most hear about are whiplash and spinal cord injuries. Other injuries include head and brain injuries, broken bones, disfigurement, amputations, paralysis, and, unfortunately, death.

 

There are many reasons these accidents that cause injuries can occur—from the most innocent to the most negligent. The most common cause of accidents in the Chicagoland area is driver distraction. Driver distraction can include cell phones, texting, passengers and pets, loud music, eating, shifting cargo, and roadside distractions. In many cases, sudden and unforeseen medical emergencies are the cause of car accidents. The more negligent reasons can include driver impairment as the result of alcohol or drug use, fatigue, or emotional distress.

 

Auto accidents can happen to anyone, anytime. Even the safest drivers with the cleanest records can be involved in a serious car accident. If you need help with a car accident or injury, you can learn more @ www.gleiterlaw.com.

 

 

Metra Personal Injury Settlement with a Plainfield, Illinois Resident

Metra continues to travel off track – Metra reached a $1,800,000 personal injury settlement resulting from the 2003 Rock Island train derailment which alleged caused a Plainfield woman to suffer back pain and injuries requiring two lower back surgeries.  The train derailed and flipped on its side.  A fuel tank consequently ruptured and caught fire.  In 2005, the National Transportation Safety Board issued a report blaming the engineer for being distracted when the train went over the crossover much faster than was allowed.  This is not the first Metra derailment and unfortunately won’t be the last.  One would think that with evolving technology, systems would be created and implemented to prevent such occurrences from taking place in the future.

Just as doctors concentrate in specific areas of medicine, so do lawyers. It is important that you contact an experienced accident and injury lawyer that concentrates in this area of the law. Conversely if you need the help of an experienced Joliet divorce lawyer for a divorce or family law issue in Will County, IL you would want to contact an attorney that concentrates within divorce and family law.

Contact A Local Personal Injury Attorney Today!

We represent clients in Will County and throughout the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Our legal professionals promptly return client calls. We take injury cases on a contingency fee basis. Home and hospital visits are available.

 

 

Do you suffer from a whiplash injury from a motor vehicle accident?

The acute whiplash injury is real.  It exists wherever there are motor vehicle accidents.  One can readily produce acute symptoms of neck pain or stiffness in human volunteers subjected to experimental collisions.  Yet, while the acute injury exists in all cultures and even in laboratory setting, in some cultures those with the acute injury continue to report chronic pain for months or even years and also report disability for prolonged periods.  There are other cultures where this prolonged pain is not reported.  Why do some countries and cultures trend towards prolonged injury where the recovery time in others is only a fraction of the time?

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  • How to prepare for the unfortunate event of a car or motor vehicle accident?

    “Prepare yourself for the unfortunate event of being involved in a motor vehicle accident.  What recourse do you have against the driver that strikes you and has no insurance? Usually, when a driver lacks insurance, he also lacks assets to attempt to collect.  Therefore, it is essential to carry Uninsured Motorist Coverage.  Such coverage usually only costs a few extra dollars a month and is an investment that is necessary for peace of mind and to assure that you are fairly compensated for injuries that are of no fault of your own.”

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